November 5

1 Thessalonians 4:13-15

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” vs. 13

Early followers of Jesus expected him to come again to usher in the promised eternal reign of God, and when that much anticipated return was delayed, some began to worry about those who were dying. Were they out of luck? Would they miss out on eternal life? Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians addresses that concern–he wants them to know that there will be new life in Christ for those who had died. We don’t live with the same timetable of future events as those first century Christians, but we still have concerns about death. Some wonder about those who have died. Are they okay? Are they at peace? Those questions lead many to consult mediums or psychics, persons who claim to be able to make connections with the spirits of the dead. Some find such consultations helpful while others are content with assurances like those of Paul. Such persons grieve at the time of a loved one’s death, but their grief is eased by their strong sense of hope. They believe with all their heart that there is new life beyond death, a new life with Christ that has no end. We may not be able to contact those who have died, but we can remember them, and by faith we know that they have peace. Death is not the end!

Thought for the Day: Why are psychics growing in popularity?

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